China Holds Approvals on New Online Games, Will Check “Wrong Set of Values”
On September 9, the Hong Kong outlet South China Morning Post reported that Chinese regulators are holding approvals for new online games.
Chinese regulators have convened major Chinese video game companies, including Tencent and NetEase, to inform them that they will not approve new online games for new restrictions on video games for minors. Video game companies have also been ordered to remove “a bad set of values” such as “worship money” and “gay love”.
Chinese regulators have currently halted approval of new online games, which continued from last November to last August. The extent of the approval suspension is not yet clear.
The country’s tight control over video games is notorious, and there are more and more cases of bans, restrictions or censorship on the industry every day. More recently, China has called on video game publishers to remove depictions of “effeminate” male behavior from their products, claiming such behavior is “abnormal” or harmful.
Last month, the Chinese government also passed a decision banning people under the age of 18 from gambling for more than three hours per week, with one hour allowed every day from Friday to Sunday between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. The move was immediately felt in the highly competitive Esports Legends Stage League, where a total of 31 players were kicked out of their League of Legends Development League (LDL) teams.